Breathing Techniques to Help Unleash Creativity

April 19, 2021, Publisher: Breath Hub

Ancient civilizations believed wisdom was passed down to humans through the breath of gods. There’s no knowing if conscious breathing exercises actually lead to enlightenment from gods, but it definitely helps you find physical and spiritual balance and provide you with noticeable mental clarity.

Breathing is the only bodily function that occurs unconsciously but can also be done consciously. Therefore, it is unique from a physiological and psychological perspective. Breathing exercises help achieve natural breathing patterns, as well as harmonize your body, mind and emotions with the rhythm of nature. Breathwork calms the busy, loud mind and unleashes your creativity.

Whether you aim to increase artistic output or simply get out of a rut, it’s possible to increase your creative energy in a short time with breathwork. The oldest practices of the Indian yoga tradition offer effective techniques to rekindle your creativity. To get your creative juices flowing, you can give Ujjayi, Bhastrika and Bhramari Pranayama a try.

How to practice Ujjayi Pranayama

The first technique we will talk about is Ujjayi pranayama, also known as victorious breath or ocean breath. This pranayama stimulates the vagus nerve and triggers the transition to parasympathetic activity that calms your nervous system and your mind.

  • In the Ujjayi technique, we use full yogic breaths, which incorporate chest and abdominal breathing. 
  • Breathe deeply through your nose.
  • As you breathe out, gently tighten the muscles in the upper back of your throat, letting out a soft sound resembling the ocean sound you hear through a seashell. 
  • To understand this technique better, try to let the air out through your mouth as if you want to fog up the glass. Then, try making the same sound with your mouth closed by gently constricting your throat. Extend your exhale as much as you can.

How to practice Bhastrika Pranayama

The word ‘Bhastrika’ means ‘bellow’ in Sanskrit. This technique softly stimulates the sympathetic nervous system. It improves stress resilience of the body and mind, provides emotional calmness and mental clarity.

  • In this technique, we use full yogic breaths, which incorporate chest and abdominal breathing. 
  • The target is to breathe for 30 cycles per minute. 
  • In Bhastrika, inhales and exhales are both active, rapid and forceful, in and out through the nose.
  • Using the arms strengthens the effect of the technique. First, bring your hands in front of your shoulders, making a fist. As you inhale, raise your arms above your head, spreading your fingers. As you exhale, bring them down to the starting position, making a fist.

How to practice Bhramari Pranayama  

This technique takes its name from the Hindu goddess of bees. ‘Bhramari’ includes very slow exhales and invigorates neurons by dilating blood vessels. It calms the agitated mind, eases migraine attacks, improves concentration and increases self-confidence.

This technique aims to slow down the breath to 6-7 cycles per minute. 
Gently cover your ears with your thumbs. Take a deep breath through the nose. Leave a narrow gap in between your teeth and exhale through the nose, making a vibrating sound resembling a buzzing bee.

Deep relaxation and meditation

Practising deep relaxation and meditation after breathwork will improve its effects. Deep relaxation is just as important as the other steps. It gives the stimulated organs and systems the time and environment needed to readjust. Meditation, on the other hand, directs the creative energy by helping us harmonize with the joy experienced after breathing exercises.

Find the breathing exercise that suits you

Everyone has different breathing habits. Try a few exercises and observe their effects to find out which one suits you the best. The duration of an exercise also depends on the individual. We suggest you do a few test drives to find out the best duration and rhythm. Increasing your rhythm slowly will help you get more out of the practice.

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